Ryan Anderson acknowledges it'll feel a bit strange on Sunday to be making his debut for his new team against his old team.
But not too weird. The Orlando Magic look almost unrecognizable from the team that finished last postseason.
"It's a completely different team than last year, than obviously the guys that I was playing with," Anderson told reporters at Mexico City Arena on Saturday. "[There are] different coaches in Orlando. It's not going to be too weird, but it'll definitely be weird."
Anderson was a restricted free agent this past summer, and the Magic sent him to the Hornets in a sign-and-trade deal for Gustavo Ayón. He'll earn about $35 million over the next four seasons.
"I'm excited to see a bunch of 'em, but for the most part, those guys are going to be the weirdest for me to go against," Anderson said.
The Magic and the Hornets are set to tip-off their exhibition at 2:30 Sunday afternoon.
Anderson won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award last season, averaging 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Anderson describes his three seasons with the Magic as a "whirlwind, just a surreal whirlwind of just so many ups and downs."
"But, at the end of the day, it was an amazing opportunity there," he added. "I had a great three years there. I really learned a lot and played with some great players."
Orlando Sentinel correspondent James Fredrick contributed to this report. Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at email@example.com and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.